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Goosey, Goosey, Gander" Lyrics Text Format

Introducing divisions for a dotted eighth note followed by a sixteenth note. Challenging intervals will require your best readers.



  • Grade: Kindergarten
  • Origin: England – Late 16th-century Nursery Rhyme
  • Key: C Major
  • Time: 4/4
  • Form: ABaC
  • Rhythm: advanced: | ti ti ti ti ta ta | ta ti ti ta ta |
    | ti ti ti ti ta ti/ ri | ta ti ti ta ti ti | ti ti ti ti ta ti ti |
    | ti ti ti ti ta/a |
  • Pitches: advanced: Ti Do Re Mi Fa So La Do
  • Intervals: advanced: Mi/So, La/Do, Do\So, So\Mi, Re/Fa\Re, Re\Ti, Mi/La, La\Fa
  • Musical Elements: notes: half, quarter, dotted eighth, eighth, sixteenth; excellent for introducing a dotted eighth sixteenth division, uncommon intervals
  • Key Words : prayers, wander, up, down, stairs, lady’s chamber, old, left, goose, gander

“Goosey, Goosey, Gander” 

Goosey, goosey, gander,
Where shall I wander?
Up stairs and down stairs
And in my lady’s chamber.

There I met and old man
Who would not say his prayers,
So I took him by the left leg,
And threw him down the stairs.

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